Fred Pearce, PhD – Director, Board of Directors

Frederick Pearce is a professor of telecommunications at the University of South Florida. He is the former director of the USF School of Mass Communications. Previously, he was a professor of telecommunications and chair of the Department of Journalism and Public Communications at the University of Alaska Anchorage. He holds a B.A. in Mass Communications from Iona College and a M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh.

Pearce’s research is based on his background in television engineering and production. Beginning in 1994, Pearce was the co-director of the Alaska Telemedicine Project, designed to demonstrate and evaluate telemedicine and telehealth delivery from Anchorage to rural Alaska. From 1996 to 2001 he was the Principle Investigator of the Alaska Telemedicine Testbed Project, a $2.8M project funded by the National Library of Medicine to demonstrate the uses of telemedicine and telehealth applications in frontier Alaska. From 2002 to 2009 he was the Principle Investigator of the Alaska Medical Informatics Project, a $2.1M project funded by the U. S. Department of Defense to demonstrate and evaluate telemedicine applications for emergency medicine and trauma care.

In his current capacity, Pearce is working with the USF School of Information to develop research programs to demonstrate and evaluate telehealth systems to improve health outcomes especially related to emergency response and trauma. Pearce resides in Tampa, Florida and is frequently seen on local golf courses with his lovely wife Lisa.